Who made the Roland synth guitars?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by LithiumLulu, Nov 18, 2005.

  1. LithiumLulu

    LithiumLulu Guest

    I just had a chance to play an old Roland G303 guitar synth controller. It played great (as a regular guitar) but there's no sign of who actually made it. It looks and plays a lot like a Gibson. I can take some pictures to post if that will help.
     
  2. Berlin Chris

    Berlin Chris Member

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    Is it like the one Metheny plays? Greco/ Ibanez made these guitar. It is similar to a Ibanez Musician-series from the same period.
     
  3. LithiumLulu

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    Yes, it is! Here are some pics of him playing one, but this one doesn't have the trem bar.

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    Is there a site where I can put in the serial number to learn more about the guitar?
     
  4. daddyo

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    What about those cool 80s synth guitars with the strut that connected the body to the headstock above the neck - anyone remember them?
     
  5. tone4days

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    yeah, the gr-707 were pretty funny looking .. never got to play one though ... weirdest looking one i ever got to play was the stepp guitar .. i am pretty sure it had wired frets ... it was a mess to play though with its rectangular body and gazillion little switch/buttons

    remember when metheny had a guitar like the brown one shown above except it had a little box sticking out from the bottom that had the user controls .. VERY funky looking

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    anyone remember when al dimeola had a synth controller driving a synclavier built into a PRS? .. was very cool

    i am loving my brian moore for synth access and all around playability ... the godins are quite nice too

    t4d
     
  6. Tone_Terrific

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    Got one. Sounds OK, plays fairly well as a guitar, but the body shape provides no forearm support or sitdown support. The strut is surprisingly non-intrusive.

    The synth functions suffer from mediocre tracking and latency. I just keep it on the wall for occasional experiments.
     
  7. LithiumLulu

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    Hey, don't go stealing my thread to talk about that silly "Space Axe".

    Here's what I've found out: the guitar I was asking about was built in a factory in Japan that also made Ibanez and Fender guitars. So while not strictly an Ibanez it bears an incredible resemblence. It sure is a sweet playing guitar, even if it doesn't have single coils. :D
     
  8. LithiumLulu

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    Wow, thanks for the info. It sure is a nice guitar, I hope it stays around here for a while.
     
  9. einstein

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    that was shawn lanes fav guitar of all time stock pups and all period .
    it was destroyed by a jealous girl who couldnt compete with it. true story
     

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